Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Mini Tutorial: Bell Shaped Sleeves

Asalamu alaikum,

Bell sleeves are another simple modification that you can add to change they style to suit your own taste. I find that this style is better for fancy suits that do not get worn to do chores around the house. Because they hang down, they will get dirty quickly if you are doing things like making bread or doing dishes.

Step 1-Fold the sleeve in half, and at the ver end of your sleeve you will measure out from the fold the desired width of the sleeve. In the example I want a sleeve as wide as I can it so my mark is at 7.5" with one inch left for the seam.
Step 2-Five inches away  from the cuff towards the upper part of the sleeve you will put your second mark, this should be just enough to be snug on your arm. I have used five inches from the fold line.
Step 3-Connect the two marks.
Step 4-Draw a connecting line from the second mark to the top of the underside of your sleeve. You want the point at the upper side to be on inch away from the cut edge to give you a one inch seam at that point.
Step 5-Draw another line one inch away from the first, this will be your cutting line.
Step 6-Sew along the upper line, and attach to your kameez using set in sleeve method. If you are uncomfortable using this method, the procedure is the same when you have already attached the sleeve to the kameez, and then start from step 1 of this tutorial.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mendhi on Mondays: Simple flower on palm

Asalamu Alaikum,

I have been working on getting better at my mendhi skills, and thought it might be fun to share some of my little doodlings, maybe make it a kind of regular thing, maybe once or twice a month? Well, we'll see anyway ;-)

First up a simple little flower I did quite a while back now-

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Feature: Eid Milad un-Nabi

Asalamu alaikum,

 Eid Milad un-Nabi is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad(SAWS). It is celebrated on the 11th and 12th of Rabi' al-awwal(the third month of the Islamic calendar) which fell in mid January this year. Here in Pakistan it is celebrated with Naat(Urdu or Punjabi songs/hymns that honor the Prophet(SAWS)) and poetry readings, donating food to the needy, and decorating with lights on many of the buildings.

This year during Eid Milad un-Nabi, my father-in-law took two of my sisters-in-law, Saif and I to see the lights set up in a neighborhood near our house.

In this neighborhood the streets are relatively small, and houses right next to each other. so when they get together and decorate it is like long hallways full of lights.

At the entrance of each street they have different styles of lights setup in arches over head.

Garlands of lights continue the length of the whole street.

There are also chandelier style lights set up at intervals.

In some of the streets they had shaped the lights with wires into flowers and different designs.

Since Eid Milad un-Nabi is still falling in the winter months(January of this year), it was quite cold. After seeing the lights Papa took us for soup from our favorite soup cart, with egg and extra masala, Spicy!